December 28, 2007

Pelee Island 2002 Vinesdressers Reserve Pinot Noir

(Found - November 2007)

Pelee is best known for two things: their early drinking, light style of winemaking and their distinctively attractive bird and nature driven labels that speak to the beauty of the island itself (they have plenty of listings at the LCBO). But Pelee does try its hand at reserve wines, called the Vinedressers series. This Pinot Noir from the great 2002 vintage was found on my shelf in early November 2007 - my previous notes (May 2006) claim the wine is going through a “dumb-period” - everything is muted from the fruit to the wood. A year later there is something there but I'm still trying to decide whether its treasure or just so-so. The capsule is sticky and the cork was fully engulfed in red wine - this is usually a bad sign. The nose is loaded with stewed fruit characteristics … on the other hand the mouth is more promising, revealing earthy-tannins along with cranberry, tart strawberry, some cherry and a very slight prunyness. I have a feeling it would've been a treasure had the cork held. Lost + Found rating: TOLERABLE.

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